Dansby back in comfort zone with Cardinals
MAY 10, 2013 10:28a ET
“There was plenty of offers out there – everywhere I went,” said Dansby, who named Cincinnati, Buffalo, the New York Giants and Atlanta as suitors. "You name it, man, all of them called."
The problem was that most of those offers were for one year and far less money than Dansby thought he deserved after leaving the Cardinals to sign a five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Dolphins in 2010.
“My price was pretty high at the time. I can’t lie,” said Dansby, who was released because he carried an $8.375 million cap hit. “But the numbers situation right now with the new CBA is totally different. The market changed; it had flipped. You have to make the best decision that’s for you and your comfort zone.”
For Dansby, coming back to the Cardinals was a no-brainer. He signed a one year deal worth $2.25 million with a $1 million signing bonus and a base salary of $1.25 million.
"I still had a house here -- paid for,” he said, laughing. “Got cars here already. It was just simple, man."
Dansby also had plenty of former teammates pushing him to re-sign with Arizona, including receiver Larry Fitzgerald and defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, the latter of whom Dansby said has been pressuring him ever since he was released.
The Cardinals’ decision was just as simple, especially on a one-year deal. The team’s best defensive player, inside linebacker Daryl Washington, is